We can not move truly forward in our fight for LGBTQ+ liberation, without recognizing the prolific life and legacy of Marsha *Pay It No Mind* Johnson. As a pioneering LGBTQ+ activist, sex worker, community organizer and trans woman of color, Marsha P. Johnson was the leading voice that ignited the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which gave birth to the modern day LGBT rights movement. In addition to the revolutionary acts of the Stonewall Riots. Marsha and fellow trans activist Sylvia Rivera also co-founded STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revilutionaries), while fighting on the front lines within various LGBTQ+ liberation movements.
Sadly, Marsha life abruptly ended in July of 1992, after her body was found floating in the Hudson River. Even more tragically, her death was swept under the rug by local law enforcement, who quickly assumed that Marsha simply committed suicide. The erasure of maginized communities by systems of power, has become all to common for trans women of color living within our society. Which is why the upcoming docufilm “The Death & Life Of Marsha P. Johnson” is so important. Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, this in-depth docufilm examines the NYPD’s 2012 reopening of Marsha case as a potential homicide. The film also further amplifies Ms. Johnson’s iconic legacy, by uniting together Marsha’s closet friends and loved ones to help share her story.
You can experience The Death & Life Of Marsha P. Johnson at the Tribeca Film Festival from April 21st to 28th. Also look out for the highly anticipated film “Happy Birthday Marsha” (starring award winning actress Mya Taylor), which is currently in post production.